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    06-09-2012, 11:15 AM
  #11
Yearling
The main consideration is that the hocks and spine don't finish developing until late 5years old.

I am one of the people who think the young horse series does more harm than good - my friends talented horse is just an exampple - it has spent a year turned out because it screwed up its hocks jumping in the 5yr old series.

I think your idea is quite sensible but can would add 6" to each of the heights.
     
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    06-12-2012, 04:30 PM
  #12
Foal
I think part of the problem is going too high too fast. Some people don't even start over poles they just start training over jumps. Also young horses jumping at any height do need some kind of leg protection so they don't pull something. (A friend of mine learned that the hard way)
     
    06-12-2012, 04:44 PM
  #13
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I think the breed has something to do with it because it seems like warmbloods and TBs (in this area) are jumped higher at younger ages so my assumption would be that there is a different rate at which their little knees fuse... but I'm not jumping expert.

I was always under the notion that you don't jump a horse until it's five.....
     
    06-12-2012, 04:48 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by xJumperx    
Okay, I was wondering if this was a logical way to go about this -

I am refering to how high young horses should be jumping. I am a firm believer that you can't go willy nilly jumping as high as you want, when you have a younger horse, ex. 4, becuase it will absaloutly kill their joints. So this is the methos I use-

Once you hit four, divide the age by two, and that's the maximum height to jump. For example -

4 years - 2'
5 years - 2'6
6 years - 3'

And I think that after 7 years old, you can jump just about as high as you and your horse are capable of jumping safetly, and logically. Anyone see major flaws with this? That said, I do not jump Cowboy (my 4 year old OTTB) over 2'. It bumbs me a little, because I'd like to go higher with him, but I know I shouldn't. So we are just showing 2' :p
(Not that it matters, but I regularly jump 2'9 with the school horses.)
good system but it depends on the development and closing of the growth plates of the horse. My QH baby at 2 is more closed than my WB baby at 3. Jumping when the growth plates are open is far more detrimental than jumping based on age alone!
     
    06-12-2012, 06:20 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I think the breed has something to do with it because it seems like warmbloods and TBs (in this area) are jumped higher at younger ages so my assumption would be that there is a different rate at which their little knees fuse... but I'm not jumping expert.

I was always under the notion that you don't jump a horse until it's five.....
I think it is more due to the fact that the Warmbloods and TB's are considered the Sport horses that these classes are planned to attract.

All horses regardless of breed follow a very similar maturity in bone development - ie the hocks and spine don not finish developing until the late 5yrs.

Mental maturity may be earlier or later with various breeds and like some people somer horses never 'Growq Up' muscle development through correct work may give the impression of maturity but this doesn't mean that bone development is also mature.
     

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